Sleepless souls are no doubt looking forward to the final of the FIFA World Cup series this weekend, but whether you’ll be celebrating success or mourning your losses, come Monday morning you’re all probably wondering: What now? What’s there to do in Hong Kong thereafter?
Fear not, we’ve got your back again with our fortnightly list of the best things to do in Hong Kong, particularly after the Russian games have come and gone. Check out our curated list that will appeal to food lovers to culture vultures alike, from a carnivore’s feast at Rhoda to pop-up installations at the Arts Centre, and a splash of aquatic fun at Core Aqua Park to some inspired reading at the annual Hong Kong Book Fair.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Final: France vs. Croatia
When: 15 July, 11pm (HKT)
Where will you be during the long-anticipated final kick-off for this year’s World Cup? If you’ve been streaming at home this whole time and want to head out for the final festivities, or want to know where to celebrate victory/drown your sorrows after the game, there’s ample choice around town.
Ciao Chow might have the most atmosphere in the middle of Central, with multiple flat screens and two projectors showing all the action, plus made-to-order pizza and free-flow booze all night long for just HK$398 per person. For those who’ll want to glue their eyes to the 100-inch screen and don’t need all the frills, Mezcalito offers HK$50 house drinks all night. All Frites locations will also be showing the finals live on Sunday as well as the Third Place match (Belgium vs. England) on Saturday — though heading to the home of moules frites in Hong Kong might best be reserved for Belgium supporters.
29th HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair
When: 18–24 July
Price: HK$25 at the door
The Hong Kong Book Fair draws massive crowds young and old each year, so you’ll want to plan your visit carefully. This year’s fair is themed around romance literature, perfect for those sentimental, lovelorn souls here in the SAR. With 680 exhibitors from across 37 countries and regions, the fair will showcase a variety books not commonly seen in Hong Kong, amazing deals on new and old literature, as well as celebrated authors from Hong Kong, China, France, Spain, Taiwan and the UK.
Find more info here.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Core Aqua Park Re-Opens
With this kind of summer heat, a dip in the sea is pretty much an imperative. Hong Kong’s only inflatable aquatic obstacle park offers thrilling attractions including a 6-metre-high inflatable slide, a climbing frame, and plenty of floating platforms and columns. The Aqua Park will be open all summer through August, but anime and manga fans might want to wait for the tail end of summer before heading over: The One Piece Summer Park located just on the shore of Core will open after 28 July.
Core Aqua Park, Lake Egret Nature Park, 2 Hung Lam Drive, Tai Po Kau, Tai Po, Hong Kong, +852 2465 3468
Swire Properties’ ArtisTree Open Rehearsal Series
When: 16, 18 July; 20 July final performance
Price: Free; register here.
With the advent of its new performance space at Artistree, Swire Properties is inviting audiences in on a sneak peak of two unique dance and theatre productions: For July, check out The Nonsensemakers’ Emoto (16 July, 18 July, 12:45pm), before its final showcase on 20 July, 12:45pm and 6:30pm. This multi-media experimental stage production is inspired by the book Water Knows the Answer, by Dr. Masaru Emoto, who discovered that water droplets can be physically influenced by exposure to human emotions. Sitting with the cast, you’ll delve into a (literal) pool as you explore the meaning of words, actions, and life’s possibilities.
ArtisTree, 1/F Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, King’s Road 979, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Digital Dunhuang: Tales of Heaven and Earth
When: 11 July–22 October
Price: HK$10 at the door
Following a fantastic showcase of Dunhuang delights in 2014 (“Dunhuang — Untold Tales, Untold Riches”), the Heritage Museum once again is hosting an exemplary show of the Dunhuang Caves — described by scholars and art aficionados as the “Encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages,” particularly for its motherlode of exquisite Buddhist art. In this show, visitors will get to take a closer look in Dunhuang thanks to new and improved 3D-scanning technology, digitisation and virtual reality — so you’ll get to really experience the caves for yourselves.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, +852 2180 8188
Cultural Masseur: Dragonix Multi-Arts Festival
When: Through 24 July
Taking place throughout Hong Kong, the Dragonix Multi-Arts Festival brings together artists from Hong Kong and abroad to instill art in everybody’s daily lives, whether it be through theatrical performances, music shows or visual gems. Don’t miss “UNLESS” at Hysan Place (1/F Atrium) by Swiss-born Dimitri de Perrot, an interactive installation that invites viewers to walk, sit or lie down inside the installation and enjoy a meditative moment surrounded by music. To follow, “MYOUSIC” (19–21 July at the Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre) is a soundscape theatre experience bringing together stage, sound and light in one production.
Find out more here.
Gaggenau Culinary Artisans Masterclass: Peggy Chan
When: 26 July, 2:30pm
Price: HK$1,400 per guest from Kitchen Infinity
Want to learn from one of Hong Kong’s foremost plant-based-cuisine luminaries? Part of Gaggenau’s esteemed culinary masterclass series featuring 24 of Hong Kong’s most renowned chefs and restaurants, Grassroots Pantry’s Peggy Chan will be behind the counter this July to give 14 students an insider’s look at her ingenious vegan dishes. Other chefs rounding out the programme of 12 classes include Ho Lee Fook’s Jowett Yu, Rhoda’s Nathan Green, Sushi Kuu’s Satoru Mugokawa and more. There’s also a Gaggenau Culinary Theatre held in Causeway Bay’s KI Cubus, featuring complimentary sessions (registration required) that are perfect for food lovers who are fine to just watch and not get their hands dirty. Guest chefs include TokyoLima’s Arturo Melendez, Kin’s Kitchen’s Lau Chun and Arbor’s Eric Raty.
KI Island South Galleria, 19/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2890 1522
KI Cubus, G/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong +852 2890 1522
Rhoda: All You Can Beef
When: 18 July, 7pm
Price: HK$498 per person from Ticketflap; HK$250 for free-flow craft beer
Let go of your inhibitions…but hold onto your beef at this free-flow steak feast at Rhoda, a spin-off of its returning monthly event, “The Whole Hog.” Featuring premium cuts by South American delivery service De La Valley, feed on all-you-can-eat Argentinian meat, grilled over an open fire, for just HK$498 per person. Tack on HK$250 per guest for free-flow craft beers by HK Yau.
Rhoda, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong +852 2177 5050
Dr. Jason Leong: Ambitious
When: 28 July, 9pm
Price: HK$280 from PeaTix
It’s really looking like becoming a doctor is the prerequisite to success for Asians in comedy, at least with new(-ish)comer Dr. Jason Leong: the fast-rising Malaysian comedy talent will be making his last stop of his tour in Hong Kong, opened by Hong Kong’s own Vivek Mahbubani. More info here.
Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 2322
Hot Chicken Cold Beer
When: Through 31 August
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a fresh hot batch of chicken must be in want of a pint of beer to wash it down…or something like that. Young Master Ales is in on the game plan with its latest city-wide promotion, working with TAP – The Ale Project, Second Draft, Alvy’s, The Globe, Dickens Bar at the Excelsior, and Big Sur. Six types of red-hot chicken dishes, from Nashville-style hot thighs to cayenne biscuit-breaded chicken, will be served up across six of the city’s finest craft beer purveyors. Fill your passport with stamps and you get to redeem HK$100 worth of goodies and swag from Young Master Brewery in Wong Chuk Hang. That’s basically a beer or two for your eating efforts.
Find out more here.